Culture(s) / Working hours and leave

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The 35 hours, paid leave and retirement: discover several benefits of working in some French-speaking countries.
In your country, how many hours do you work in one week? Are people who are unemployed entitled to an allowance? And those who are retired? Do employees get paid leave?

Under certain conditions, the French receive an unemployment allowance and a retirement pension at the age of 62.
The French have 10 public holidays, and 5 weeks of paid leave per year. The Swiss generally have 4 weeks of paid leave, but some companies may offer more favorable conditions, with an additional week off. The Swiss have between 8 and 15 public holidays depending on the region.
The Belgians are entitled to 20 days of paid leave in addition to public holidays. In Canada, most workers with one year of seniority are entitled to only two weeks of vacation.
Public holidays are legal days off: no one works on these days, except for some shopkeepers (bakeries, restaurants), health and emergency services (hospitals), and tourism professionals (hotels, parks and museums).
Paid leave is a holiday paid by the employer, proportional to the number of days worked in the year. In France, the summer school break lasts 2 months. Many families therefore take their annual leave in July or August and the pace of business is often slow in August.

The legal working hours in France are 35 hours per week. The main beneficiaries of this system are administrative staff. The 35 hours are not a maximum number of hours to be worked in a week, but rather a reference for calculating overtime.
The work week usually runs from Monday to Friday with a lunch break of about one hour, but the days and hours of work vary depending on the type of job and the location.

From, visited on 08/26/2022.

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Culture(s): work hours and holiday time

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